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Jun 30 2003
fatoldsun
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66 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Glendale, AZ
Fish Creek Trail #60Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2003
fatoldsun
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs      2.75 mph
1,600 ft AEG
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After pulling into Hannagan Meadows Lodge and checking into our cabin, my son and I trekked off down this magical trail of which the trailhead was just behind our "Sprucedale" cabin before sunset. We were a little fearful because bears had been sighted in the area during the day but we always try to enter the wilderness as guests instead of adversaries. I took several picture, I will post a few after writing this and you will see what I mean.

Immediately upon hitting the trail from Hannagan Meadows, you head down, about a 20% grade into primitive untouched, uncleared forest. Along the way, there are at least 3 meadows after the grade levels off. Deer and elk are prevalent. The aroma of the untouched forest is rejuvenating and indescribable. When you reach a forest road, then you can hear and see fish creek. At the time it was very low. My son did manage to catch and release a small Apache trout in a hole he had found, as for me, I was just enjoying the surroundings. This is one beautiful area of Arizona I want to explore further. Oh, the picture of the butterfly was just off the trail, I chased it into a heavily vegetated part of the stream, it was after the nectar of some wild irises growing by the tream. I lost my glasses to get that photo (and later found them :).
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May 03 2003
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 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Glendale, AZ
Kinder Crossing Trail #19Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 03 2003
fatoldsun
Hiking6.00 Miles 370 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   20 Hrs      0.30 mph
370 ft AEG
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My son and I were talking about Kinder Crossing all week so we just had to go back and I'm glad we did. It was a beautiful day with hardly anyone else around. One thing about this area that stands out is the magical visual effect that is created an hour or two before sunset. The rocks along the steep trail take on a violet glow at this time. A lot of rocks are studded with light green moss (some completely covered) and along with the violet hues of the sunset I just had to stop several times to take in nature's display (much to my son's dismay because he wanted to get back to the car). It's hard to put into words just how beautiful it is. I don't think they have names for all of the colors I experienced, they almost appeared to be intrinsic to the rocks themselves (although you know they're not because just 8 hours before in the bright sunlight they were just gray, white or brown). I tried to capture this effect in some of the pictures I posted on this site from this 2nd trip, check them out.
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Apr 27 2003
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66 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Glendale, AZ
Cholla Loop Trail - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2003
fatoldsun
Hiking3.50 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   1 Hour   22 Mns   2.56 mph
500 ft AEG
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Hiked around counterclockwise; started at 2:02PM, ended 3:24PM. Nice Sunday afternoon hike, not many people about. Horses were on the trail.
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Apr 26 2003
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66 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Glendale, AZ
Kinder Crossing Trail #19Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2003
fatoldsun
Hiking6.00 Miles 370 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.33 mph
370 ft AEG
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Nice Hike.
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Apr 21 2003
fatoldsun
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66 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Glendale, AZ
Cholla Loop Trail - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 21 2003
fatoldsun
Hiking3.50 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   1 Hour   21 Mns   2.59 mph
500 ft AEG
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Start 10:42AM, finish 12:03. Went around counter-clockwise for the first time. Beautiful Easter Sunday morning for a hike. Nearly go turned around at the top of a peak because I spent too much time taking pictures and lost track of where I was. Didn't take long to get back on track.
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Apr 19 2003
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66 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Glendale, AZ
Cholla Loop Trail - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2003
fatoldsun
Hiking3.50 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   1 Hour   9 Mns   3.04 mph
500 ft AEG
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Started Friday 3:00PM, finished 4:09PM. Beautiful day, beautiful people.
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Apr 05 2003
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66 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Glendale, AZ
Palm Canyon - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2003
fatoldsun
Hiking1.50 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles   2 Hrs      0.75 mph
400 ft AEG
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I decided to take my kids to do a southwest hike before the weather got too hot, we were not disappointed. Dragging kids out of bed to get on the road by a specified time is almost harder than a 5.0 difficulty hike! For some reason all the rpomises made the day before go out the window at 7:30AM on a Saturday morning. As stated in the directions on this site, it was 18 miles south on Highway 95 from I10 to the Palm Canyon turnoff. This sign only gives you about a 25 yard notice so go slowly when around the 18 mile distance. Once we were on the turnoff and drove toward the short little hike up into the canyon, all disparaging remarks ceased. I took several pictures and put some up on this site. We hiked a very short while, probably a half a mile to get to what appeared to be the end of the trail with a single sign in hte shape of an arrow stating "Palms". You could stand there and look way up onto the side of the cliff and look at them off in the distance, or you could hike up the cliff. My daughter stayed behind as my sons and I hiked up the narrow trail and into some steep tight spots but nothing impassible. Once we got up to the palms you could see a spectacular view looking down and out away from them and the sheer rock cliffs were awesome. The little cove where the native palms thrive is a beautiful little microcosm of an extreme eastern edge of California wilderness overflowed into Arizona, as if by nature just to prove man-made borders are artificial. My son ponted out while we rested by the palm sign after the hike down that there was a huge gouge in one of the eastern cliffs as if it had fallen out of the cliff during some geological event, but where the remnants of the cliff ended up was not visibly apparent. Maybe it rolled down into the valley or broke up and became part of the rocky ground leading up to the palm cove. During the hake back you can see the entire valley looking west and near in the distance you can see what appears to be an Egyptian pyramid with two little ones next to it. This intrigued me so I took several pictures looking out that way. On the drive back we decided to have lunch and found a small little Mexican place continuiing north a little bit off the throughfare through Quartzite name La Casa. It was a nice little place with a vary diverse menu, however we had to scrap to keep what little cash I had under the budget as they do not take credit cards so beware, nor do they have beer. However they did take personal checks so that allowed me to get a meal along with my kids. When back on the main throughfare getting back to I10, we found there was another place that would have suited our needs named Taco Mio, but we didn't stop in. The drive from Glendale took about 2 hours and most of it was freeway. The dirt road leading up to the trail head was in excellent condition. There were very few people on the trail, we only ran into 7 other people besides ourselves however there were more cars there than could be explained for the few people so I assumed there were people camping there. At the parking site next to the trail head there was a sign leading to trails indicating camping was near but I didn't follow the trail (which split into two) to the end. I should have because there may hae been trails leading to the weird looking hills to the north of the parking lot so maybe longer hiking trails are available, I don't know. This was definately worth the trip. The two complaining kids were all smiles after all was said and done and I was able to log a southwest hike. Now all that is left for me to do to complete the compass wheel is a northwest hike, but I have all summer to do one now since the weather north will be more tolerable during the summer.
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Mar 30 2003
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 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Glendale, AZ
Cholla Loop Trail - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2003
fatoldsun
Hiking5.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   54 Mns   2.63 mph
500 ft AEG
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I had never hiked the trails starting on the east side of the picnic/parking area up 59th Avenue off of the 101. I had always hiked the hill on the west side probably because it was more convenient and I was always with myyoung daughter so Idecided to give it a try. The trail head can be seen from the road to the right after you turn off 59th Avenue into the park area and is just a few yards away from the immediate parking area. I hiked up the hill to a split in the trail, one advertizing H3 and H1. H3 went off to the north; I had viewed H3 from the other side wondering about it so I took it hoping it would loop around back to H1 so I could end up at the fork. I was wrong, H3 ends up on a hill overlooking the neighborhoods to the east of 59th Avenue and beyond as I found out. All along the way, just about every 1/4 of a mile, there is a little white marker by the side of the trail indicating the distance. H3 from that fork takes you norht then loops around south again onto the top of the hills. At about the 1.5 mile marker you reach the top of the highest hill in the area, even higher than the one onthe west side that I had hiked several times before, then it continues off to the east. I reached another fork with only one sign saying H3 Scenic view, trail ends, so I took it to the end which had a post for a sign but no sign. There was a 2 mile marker sign near this post. I stood there looking toward the east on the hill over looking the neighborhood below. Of in the distance I could see my friend's house by 16th Street north of 101 and the hill by his house. So it was 2.5 miles to that point, no loop at least from what I could tell H3 did not meet up with H1 at any point unless I had missed something. It ended up being a very nice 5 mile hike though on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. I took several pictures, I will post them later. I also used the new pair of hiking boots I had received a certificate for in the mail with no name. If anyone from this site is responsible for sending me this great pair of Hi-Tech Sports Altitude hiking boots, I want to thank you as I have not found out who sent them to me yet. They are great boots! I know because on the second half of the hike I had to backtrack back the 2.5 miles and I felt bouncy and springy in the boots the whole trip back, what a joy to hike in these boots. I would recommend them to anyone hiking in Arizona as they are light yet waterproof and the carbonized sole makes them just stiff enough so as to no cause an over amount of stress on your feet as you're walking on the rocky trails. Even on the beautiful day where I expected to see a lot of people out hiking around Thunderbird, there were very few people out hiking on this particular Sunday. This 5 mile hike is so close to my own neighborhood, I will definatley be back often so I can explore the area further. Next time I want to go up H1 and see where that leads.
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Mar 08 2003
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66 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Glendale, AZ
Cave Creek / Skunk Tank LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2003
fatoldsun
Hiking9.67 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking9.67 Miles   5 Hrs      1.93 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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I'll be back to log more about this hike. I just uploaded about 30 pictures from it, I hope they all made it. Started hike near recommended time at 9:30AM. I loved this hike from top to bottom, longer than any one I've done so far. Ate lunch at intersection of trail 4 and 246, then made the most wondrous trip around through switchbacks on 246. The various types of trails crossing baby streams every so often so you could wet your neck and splash a little water made this trek magical. Back to finish later.
Well, here I am back to finish writing about this hike but I'm too lazy. Actually, the 31 photos I have up for this hike pretty much tells it all! :)
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Mar 02 2003
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 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Glendale, AZ
Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2003
fatoldsun
Hiking3.30 Miles 1,359 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles   1 Hour      3.30 mph
1,359 ft AEG
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It was late Sunday afternoon and on the way home from a party I decided to stop by and run the circumference and I did. Two large young men were well ahead of me at the beginning of the hike and they kept their pace well as I was jogging and keeping a good pace throughout. However on the west side just before I caught up to them I ran into a lone wolf-like dog with a collar, probably a husky. I kept running and told myself don't change what you're doing and DON'T GET SCARED! I continued on and just as I approached the two guys who were kind of dragging at this point a man coming the opposite direction approached us with a large doberman. He asked if there was a lone dog back behind us and I let the two tell him. I could tell they were tired because they could barely talk but I did not appreciate the situation and reported it to the authorities. I hope ot never run into this situation again but again, I don't think I'll be hiking solo again for a while. If I do need a quick jog I'll do it nearer where I live, THunderbird or something.

I will say though that the sunset was spectacular looking from the west side of the peak. The city almost looked surreal as the afternoon haze was dimming the fat old sun on the horizon. It was very quiet too and peaceful. I would like to do a sunrise hike sometime too and this place would be a candidate to do it.
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Mar 01 2003
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66 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Glendale, AZ
Thunderbird Conservation ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2003
fatoldsun
Hiking3.00 Miles
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.50 mph
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Did not do Cave Creek/Skunk Tank as planned due to the heavy rains the previous week so I did something close with my daughter and her friend. There were very few people out and as you can see from the pictures it was a cloudy, blustery day on this particular Saturday. We parked at the picnic area where several trails originate and started walking north on the paved park road toward a housing development hoping to catch a trail there. After almost turnign around a man driving by stopped and told us he saw a young coyote up the road a little bit. I asked him if there was a trailhead that direction and he said he usually starts his hike there. A trail head is not marked there but a visible trail leads over a dry creek bed. Another trail right next to it was closed off due to re-vegetation as were several other ones we passed along the way. Immediately after we got up the dry creek bed we saw a "thunderbird" circling overhead. I don't know exactly what kind of bird it was but I took a photo and posted here (see my photos for this hike). We continued on and walked up this trail toward a peak (I don't know if this one is Thunderbird or not) and when we got to the top of the ridge on the way to the peak a man said look at the sign going down the same trail we just traversed and it was a closed trail for re-vegetation. There was not a sign on the other side of the trail so the marking of these trails for re-vegetation still needs some work. At that point we could see the peak and continued walking much to my daughter's dismay because she saw this looming peak she did not want to go up. We continued on anyway and made it to the top very easily. Children need to be pushed a little bit when confronted by a seemingly insurmountable task and once they do it they do feel all the better for it, believe me from experience. Once we reached the top they were all smiles and glad for their accomplishment. We had a little snack of nutrigrain bars and an apple while ther. Maybe that's where all the energy came from all of a sudden because on the way down they ran all of the way. I guess I was a kid once (well, my wife says I still am :) but being able to turn it on and off like that just boggles my mind because as good of a shape as I am I had a hard time keeping up with those two nine year old girls! The highlights of this hike for me were the hawk-like bird in the beginning, re-vegetation trails, lone friendly hikers, the view at the top and trying to keep up with two munchkins; all of which were very memorable, even for a short little jaunt close to where I live.
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Feb 22 2003
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 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Glendale, AZ
Massacre Grounds, AZ 
Massacre Grounds, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2003
fatoldsun
Hiking4.00 Miles
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.33 mph
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Finally, after staring at these weird looking mountains for years while working in Mesa I made the long drive out from NW Valley to actually get a close-up view while hiking. Getting to the trail head required driving on a borderline 4 wheel drive type road, but we made it in my sedan and I'm glad we did. This hike was in my Superstitions hiking guide and was listed as Massacre Grounds not Massacre Falls, so I suppose there's some falls back there. I posted photos of this hike under the Massacre Falls hike. We went to the little cliff where there where some Spanish miners were ambushed by Apaches in the 1800's some time. From that little cliff you can see beautiful sites looking in all directions. During the entire hike, Superstition mountain/cliffs stand looming there almost to remind you that you are entering a very special area, and it is. The hike was not too strenuous, rock piles mark the path very well however you must pay attention to them because if you're just following a trail, it disappears sometimes. We got stuck once but our better wisdom told us not to back track and catch another trail that forked off so we kept going the way were going. The Superstitions are obviously an area you could concentrate on for years and probably still not finish all the possibilities. If I lived closer I would go there often, however, this did accomplish a southeast valley hike for me. If I go again I would spend more time than just a short 4 mile out-and-back hike like I did. The strenuous Superstition Peak hike is on my wish list, I hope to make it there before the summer hits.
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Feb 16 2003
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 Glendale, AZ
Waterfall Trail - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2003
fatoldsun
Hiking3.00 Miles 150 AEG
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This was my second time out to this trail within a week. It was such a nice hike and fairly easy with many beautiful sites, plus it had rained pretty much all that week (1st big rain of the winter) that I knew the water would be flowing down the fall. And it was. I took my family out on this great hike. Olive was blocked off because of the rains which had washed over some of the road so we detoured and eventually got back onto Olive. People were out in force on this particular day because of the water in the falls but we had a great time exploring. I logged more distance than the actual certified hike length because I wandered off the trail to follow the stream bed a ways and it provided some peaceful moments. When we got to the falls, there was a boy who had jumped in the water. He climbed up and did it again to show off and I took some photos (see my posted photos of this hike). This is a good introductory hike because there's so much to take in on such a short trail. There's other longer trails in the White Tank Regional Park area there such as Goat Camp Trail which goes back 14 miles from it's trail head. What a great time on a cool but not cold Arizona winter day. I will go back to againto do a longer hike on Goat Camp as I'm curious to see what's back there. Another thing that sticks out in my mind about this hike is that when you are descending back down from the falls, you see this little symmetrical hills looking east toward Phoenix, they almost look like man made mounds. There are several of them around there (not on the trail though but seen from the trail and roads). Great hike if you're willing to make the long drive out there.
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Feb 15 2003
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 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Glendale, AZ
Gates Pass TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2003
fatoldsun
Hiking3.00 Miles
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We didn't make it all the way around because of time issues but I will make it back again to completely check this out. I have to say what made this hike extra speical was not only the terrain but something completely independent of the terran surroundings which was the cloud cover was spectacular on this day as can be seen in the photos. There were cloud bursts everywhere with the sun breaking through creating beautiful bright rays making the sky look like heaven. No other way to put it. :wink:
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Feb 08 2003
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 Glendale, AZ
Waterfall Trail - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2003
fatoldsun
Hiking2.00 Miles 150 AEG
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I made this hike solo on a day just before the first big rains game in February. We've had 3 long rain spells and the waterfall was dry on this particular day. The drive out to the White Tank Regional Park on Olive off of the westerly 101 seemed endless, but interesting never-the-less. After paying the $5.00 park fee, I drove around and decided on the Waterfall Trail. I parked and walked into this wonderland of petroglyphs and dry large rocky stream bottom. There were a few people about taking in the scenery but for the most part it was fairly sparse on this day. Whne I finally reached the waterfall area I went into the little cove area and I'm glad I did because off to the right of the waterfall pool (there was a little water in the pool) there is another little private cove where water actually flows too. This is a beautiful and somewhat less travelled area which is why I particularly liked it.
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Feb 08 2003
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 Glendale, AZ
Goat Camp / Mesquite LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2003
fatoldsun
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,662 AEG
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In addition to doing the Waterfall Trail at the White Tank Mountain Regional Park, I wanted to investigate further and found the Goat Camp Trail. I wanted to hike deep into this territory but it was running late. This is an animal allowed trail especially since there are horses allowed as they have horse ride tours here all the time. I didn't run into any horses on this particular day. I hiked one mile in and turned around taking note that this is another place I would like to explore further.
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Feb 01 2003
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 Glendale, AZ
Telegraph Pass - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2003
fatoldsun
Hiking2.40 Miles 525 AEG
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My friends from down south wanted to do a hike near them and gladly accepted. South Mountain was an area I had never even thought of exploring but it was the obvious choice to knock out a hike in the South quadrant of the city. It was another absolutely beautiful clear day and the views from the hills looking out at the southern part of the valley were spectacular. We took a route that led us to a rock tower on a summit and beyond. We went beyond into the hills avoiding the well travelled National Trail and took a trail leading south into some other hills. We found this little peak with ocotillos growing everywhere and lots of barrel cactus (not fish hook) and plant life everywhere. On this peak were small butterflies fluttering about looking for nectar. We were wondering what they were doing up there so high and what would interest them on this little peak. Well as it turns out there were nectar in ocotillo pods and cactus pods prevalent so that answered that question. The trail that lead us there was empty, we did not run into a soul and had it to ourselves. Looking from the north where I live I only thought South Mountain was a big dirty old mountain with radio towers on it. I'm glad I actually went down there to check it out because it did not disappoint me. THis is another area that I want to investigate further as there are many many trails back in there.
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Jan 25 2003
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 Glendale, AZ
Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2003
fatoldsun
Hiking3.30 Miles 1,359 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles   3 Hrs      1.10 mph
1,359 ft AEG
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The week after Camelback I was beginning to get the bug for hiking anywhere I possibly could. I had driven by the beautiful terrain by Squaw Peak so many times on highway 51 that I just had to check it out. We decided on the circumference trail and all met at the trail head around 9:30AM after fighting for parking spots as it was jammed packed that day. And it was another beautiful clear day. We forgot my daughter's inhaler so I had to carry her a lot of the way on this 3.7 mile hike. I didn't complain because I was still in training trying to get back in shape after laying around being a slob. I had given up tennis after two knee arthroscopes and being a 5.0 level player I was hard pressed to find a sport that would keep me as fit and capture my imagination as much as it did. I will say that after this hike I was ready to take on hiking as one of my favorite outdoor activities besides maybe fishing, but fishing also involves hiking (at least the kind of stream fishing I like to do) so they kind of went hand in hand. However, when hiking your mind is a little more broad minded as your sole purpose is to be immersed in nature whereas fishing has you immersed in nature while trying to capture an aquatic dweller. Well, walking around Squaw Peak quite frankly was astounding to me being the inexperienced hiker. So we all gathered and went up the trail on this clear bright sunshiney morning.
I thought the best part of the trail was the part that skirted the peak on the western side since it appeared fewer people were doing the circumference trail compared to those going up to the peak or taking other various trails. There were times on the west side where we did not see any other people. The cactae and animal life are abundant. My daughter pointed out from what she learned in school that the fish hook barrel cactus always leans south. A friend from work Katie and I were trailing the rest of our crew since I was carrying my daughter, and we tried to prove my daughter wrong on that hypothesis and could not, they all appeared to lean south so I learned something I had never knew before. I'll remember that if I ever get lost in those hills, I don't know how predominant fish hook barrel cactus are in Arizona so it may be to no avail when you're lost in other regions. As we reached the southern ridgeline that begins the trek up to the peak more people were making their presence. As we made the descent it was nearly jammed packed so it appears people jam this hike to go up to the peak of which I haven't done yet so I'm making a note to go back and do it sometime. However, my goal is to hike as many different places in Phoenix as possible, then go back and take on the ones I made note of. This is one. However, I did go back and do the circumference again last Sunday March 2nd solo. I didn't log this one but I did make a post about it under the thread about hiking solo. My note complained about running into a husky-wolf looking dog while on the far western stretch of this hike. It scared me as did the owner who came by looking for the lost dog with a large doberman. The logic escapes me but I guess it's prerogative to own any kind of animal he wants but when I ran into that lone dog while hiking solo, I was a LITTLE bid afraid. I have notified the authorities about the incident so hopefully the rangers around there will take note.

On that particular day there were not a lot of pets on the trail, just a lot of beautiful people out enjoying the day. I remember several strangely shaped cactae and interesting rock formations. The area around Squaw Peak is very distinct compared to all the other areas I have hiked. I guess you could say that about every area. My impression of Squaw Peak is black, brown and grey rock with a lot of desert plant life. Fish Hook barrels were everywhere as were saguaro's with arms growing in weird directions. I will be back to this area because it is so convenient and so distinctive.
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Jan 18 2003
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Camelback Summit - Echo Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2003
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Hiking2.30 Miles 1,300 AEG
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This was my 3rd hike ever in Arizona. At the prompting of a friend, I dragged my 16 year old son and 9 year old daughter with her friend Cierra. Little did we know what we were getting into but looking back it was one of the most fantastic hikes I have ever been on in spite of all the people. On this particular day it was very clear and the temps were in the low 70's (yes, in the middle of January).

We had to park way down from the trail head on McDonald and walked up to the little park area at around 10:30AM. I was surprised to see people of all makes and kinds and ages hiking this trail as it was difficult in some places, however with the hand rails just about anybody could eventually make it up to the top of this beautiful little summit overlooking the valley from all directions. Since I was out of shape at the time, my legs turned to rubber a few times and I got some cramps but we stopped and rested as needed, especially at the mile marker. It was a fun hike. One memory that sticks out was this woman who was runnign up the hill all the way in a bikini and leg weights. I had to admire her (well I tried to without gawking). But I also saw little children around the age of 4 making it up this beautiful hill along with their parents. Once we were at the top joining about 50 people milling around we were flabbergasted at the view. The clear day helped the overall experience so I would recommend doing it on a bright and clear Arizona winter day because once you're at the top you'll see some amazing sights looking every direction. It was almost a social event so if you're wanting to get away from people, don't take this hike. However if you want to join the crowd and experience one of Phoenix's natural landmarks you will not be disappointed.
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Feb 11 2001
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Thunderbird Conservation ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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On February 11, 2001 my 21 year old son and 7 year old daughter (at the time) joined me to go on this hike up in the Northwest area of the the Valley. We drove up 67th Ave off of the 101 and parked on the east side of 67th Ave just past Mountain Ridge High School. My 14 year old son at the time told me that the MRHS football team trains by running up and down these trails. We did not start the hike in the conventional place which is to take 59th Avenue north off of the 101 which leads to a nice park/picnic area and several trail heads leading off into many directions. There's a network of trails all around there. Be aware that some trails are marked off limits due to re-vegetation.

The hike began by just hiking east from our unconventional trail head but the trails were there thanks to MHRS's football team. As we climbed higher we were able to look south from several high vantage points and the view was spectacular looking south toward the valley and the massive culture expanded out before us. That was a relatively clear day for Phoenix. At one pont we had to step aside so several horses with riders on a tour could pass by. The wild flowers were blooming and there were several large bushes and cactus. These are not remote trails, there were several people out on that day as it is a favorite area for those who live in the Arrowhead Ranch area in the northwestern part of the valley. My 7 year-old daughter was able to make the 4 miles with no complaints. This is an excellent hike for hikers and non-hikers alike. If you are an experienced hiker and want to introduce hiking to people that had never done it before, this is a good one for that. This was my second hike in Arizona. My first one was up in Flagstaff north of the town where I went with my son who was attending NAU at the time. I loved it even though it is classified as an easy hike and I will go again whenever friends are visiting Arizona or just on a weekend picnic with my family.
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